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Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple is very old temple located in Kottayam in Kerala. The temple has added glory as well as reputation to this place. As per the Mythology, Pandavas as well as the guru Vyasa had worshipped at this temple. The name of this place has its derivation from the word 'Manoor', meaning the land of deer.

Ettumanoor Mahadeva TempleThe Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple was reconstructed the in year 1542 AD. The present temple has a Gopuram and the fortress around it. The inside and the outside of the main entrance have been adorned with the Dravidian Mural paintings. The wall painting of Pradosha Nritham (Dance of Shiva) is one of the best Wall paintings in India.

You can find a golden flag staff within the Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple. At the top of it is the icon of the bull surrounded by tiny bells in addition to metal leaves belonging to the banyan tree and when it comes to architecture the temple is certainly a best proof of the Vishwakarma Sthapathis, for their engineering skill sets. The roofs of the temple are enclosed with copper sheets and these have 14 ornamental tops.

The sub-deities of the temple are Bhagavati, Sastha, Ganapathy and Yakshi. There are also temples dedicated for Dakshinamurthi (very rare in Kerala), Lord Ganapathi and Lord Sastha in this temple.

It is said that great philosopher, Adi Sankaracharya composed his 'Soundaraya Lahari' staying in the Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple.

Arattu festival is celebrated at Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple with a grand scale on the Thiruvathira day in February-March every year. Hundreds of devotees gather here on the 8th and 10th day of the festival at the time seven and half elephants made from gold (nearly 13 Kgs) are going to be displayed for the public. This image was gifted to the temple by King of Travancore. The temple is considered as one of the richest temples in Kerala and has a lot of precious wealth.

Though the possession idol of Shiva is an eight handed figure and is in a 'roudra bhava' (seems like in a very angry posture). The devotees only see him as a merciful form. Devotees refer the Lord in this temple as "Ettumanoor-Appan".

The Thulabharam Seva is one of the important rituals of this temple.

Distance from Ettumanoor Mahadeva Temple

Kottayam: 10 Km
Kumarakom: 23 Km
Alappuzha: 46 Km
Kuttanad: 58 Km
Ernakulam: 62 Km
Kochi: 63 Km
Idukki: 91 Km
Kollam: 112 Km
Thrissur: 121 Km
Munnar: 129 Km
Thiruvananthapuram: 175 Km
Kovalam: 182 Km
Kozhikode: 253 Km
Kannur: 342 Km
Kasargod: 434 Km

How to get there:

Nearest Airport: Cochin International Airport (IATA: COK, ICAO: VOCI).

Nearest Railway Station: Ettumanoor railway station is on the Kottayam - Ernakulam line of the Southern Railways.

Road: Ettumanoor is well connected by the road network.

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